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"Happy Birthday to You", also known more simply as "Happy Birthday", is a song that is traditionally sung to celebrate the anniversary of a person's birth. According to the 1998 Guinness World Records, "Happy Birthday to You" is the most recognized song in the English language, followed by "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow". The song's base lyrics have been translated into at least 18 languages. The melody of "Happy Birthday to You" comes from the song "Good Morning to All", which has traditionally been attributed to American sisters Patty and Mildred J. Hill in 1893,although the claim that the sisters composed the tune is disputed.

There is a very interesting history of the copyright claims to this song. Prior to 1935, no publications of the song had any copyright attributions. The Summy Company then claimed copyright in 1935. This company was then bought for US $25 million by Warner Brothers in 1988, and 'Happy Birthday' has earned them millions of dollars in royalty payments right up to 2015.

In 2013, a company producing a documentary about "Good Morning to All", sued Warner/Chappell for falsely claiming copyright to the song. In September 2015, a federal judge declared that the Warner/Chappell copyright claim was invalid, ruling that the copyright registration applied only to a specific piano arrangement of the song, and not to its lyrics and melody. In February 2016 Warner/Chappell settled for US $14 million, paving the way for the song to become public domain.

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